August 26 Martyrs Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia

Read the Life of Saints Adrian and Natalia here

The Martyrs Adrian and Natalia were married in their youth for one year prior to their martyrdom, and lived in Nicomedia during the time of the emperor Maximian (305-311).

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Adrian and Natalia from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

Through the prayers of Thy martyrs, O Christ God, raise me up to the light of repentance who am held fast by the wicked sleep of my deeds in the night of this life, that I may glorify Thee.

Illumined by the east of the noetic Sun and having become children of the day, O martyrs, with might ye destroyed all the gloom of the idols.

Having tasted delight from lips that let drop the sweetness of divine wisdom, thou didst truly vomit forth the poison of thy former ignorance, O divinely blessed Adrian.

Escaping the bonds of the vanity of idolatry, O martyr, thou wast bound with a desire for the love of Christ, and with joy thou didst share the bonds of His athletes.

Your legs broken with iron bars, O athletes of the Lord, with bars of patience and valor ye truly broke the bonds of ungodliness.

Utterly disdaining carnal love, O Natalia, with desire for Christ thou didst enflame the soul of thy husband which was kindled with the fire of divine love.

The martyrs, having acquired the might of Christ and truly trampled down the feeble imposture of the tyrants, received crowns of victory from heaven.

When sores covered the bodies of the saints, myrrh was truly offered to God, cleansing away the mighty sores of deception.

With thy blood thou didst dye a robe of incorruption for thyself, having shed the vesture of corruption, O Adrian; and thou now standest with glory before Christ.

The two score and three valorous athletes, who now pray to Christ, loosed the bonds of impiety which was devoid of strength, by the might of the Trinity.

Standing like the sun amid brilliant stars, O Adrian, with the light of piety thou didst illumine them that struggled with thee; and dispelling the gloom of ungodliness, thou didst enlighten the ends of the earth.

The dew of thy precious words was truly healing for the pangs of thy spouse, who tasted of the love of higher things, O divinely wise Natalia, consort of martyrs.

Guided in piety by the hand of Christ, ye passed over the deep of ungodliness and made haste to the calm haven of the radiance of the Most High, O athletes of Christ.

Thy victories, which transcended nature, perfume thy struggles like flowers, O wise one; for thou wast shown to be a fragrant censer of God, enkindled by the fire of torments, O Adrian.

Adorned with the beauty of faith was thy holy soul, O most honored Natalia, and seeking the beauty of Christ, which is truly infinite, thou didst attain thy desire.

Ye were shown to be invincible pillars of the heavenly Sion, O martyrs, having cast down all the foundations of the enemy in the endurance of your suffering. Wherefore, we ever piously honor your memory.

Natalia was given to Adrian by God as a helpmate united with him in soul, drawing him forth who was stuck fast in the abyss of deception and urging him to cry out: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Hiding the hand of the martyr as a precious treasure, O honored one, guided by the hand of the God of our fathers, thou didst not give the wealth of thy chastity over to adorn them that made an attempt on it.

Wholly consumed by the fire of torment, O athletes, with your blood ye quenched all the flame of ungodliness, crying aloud: Thee do we exalt supremely forever, O Christ!

Who will not marvel at the wondrous woman's love for God? For she disdained carnal desire and persuaded her spouse to honor and glorify Christ for all ages.

A pillar of piety wast thou for the faithful, O most blessed Adrian, martyr and athlete, having put to shame the vanities of the godless and desired the beauty of Christ.

Neither the crushing of your members, nor the threat of cruel tortures, nor the sword, nor fire, nor the death of your corruptible flesh, were in any wise able to separate you from the love of Christ, O glorious martyrs. Wherefore, ye ever rejoice with Him forever.

Ye were shown to be lamps of divine radiance, brilliant stars, beacons shining upon us the light of piety, rays of the Sun of glory, children of never waning blessedness, O all-honored martyrs of Christ.

A wellspring full of the waters of the Spirit, a river full of divine gifts, and a cup pouring forth streams of suffering, were ye shown to be, O martyrs, delivering us from the tempest of divers temptations.